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Consumers Will Soon Be Able to Buy Moon Dust, Rocks

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If you’ve ever wanted to own your own rocks or dust from the surface of the Moon, your opportunity may be just around the corner. A Florida company called Moon Express is preparing a mining expedition, where they’ll gather material from its surface to sell on Earth.

The spacecraft is scheduled for a 2020 launch, at which point it will become the first mining expedition by a private company. As soon as the craft lands on Earth, Moon Express will put the collected materials up for sale to the highest bidders.

Moon Express plans only to gather one scoop of lunar dirt and rocks. For those concerned about lunar research, Moon Express won’t disappoint in that area. The company plans to set some of its material aside for scientific research. But most of the collection will be put up for sale, since the company’s CEO believes it will immediately become the most valuable and scarcest material on our planet.

While there will likely be subsequent trips to gather materials, Moon Express realizes the value of the first materials it will bring back. Because of that, later collections likely won’t command the same asking price as the first expedition’s collection.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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